Here are Kiplinger’s 10 best jobs for the future.
1. Nurse Practitioner
If you’re thinking about a field with some job security, the medical field is a safe bet. For nurse practitioners, job growth increased 30.3% between 2005 and 2015, and is expected to increase 25.7% over the next ten years. Additionally, nurse practitioners make annual median salary of about $97,396 per year. You would need a master’s degree for this profession, however.
2. Medical Sonographer
A medical sonographer is a great job because, not only is this field expected to grow at 33.6%, but you could start in this field with an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. People in this field can expect to make about $68,886 per year.
3. Health Services Managers
If you are good at organizing, multi-tasking under pressure and you have excellent people skills, this might be a great job for you. Health services managers oversee certain medical departments or entire facilities, such as nursing homes. People in this field can expect to bring home about $93,338 with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in health administration, and job growth is projected to be about 17.5%.
4. Physical Therapy
The now second-largest generation is getting older, and Baby Boomers will need more rehabilitative services such as physical therapy to help them overcome strokes and injuries. In this field, you could expect to earn about $82,275, but you would need to obtain a doctoral degree. Past job growth has been 31.4%, while future job growth is expected to be 25.9%. Along these lines, occupational therapists help people regain their ability to operate independently, or they may help people perform daily tasks they are not able to perform on their own. Occupational therapists could expect to make an average of $78,806 a year but only need a master’s degree versus a doctoral degree.
5. Dental Hygienist
Job growth for dental hygienists was 21.1% over the last ten years, and is projected to be 21.8% over the next. In this career, you could expect to earn $74,169, and you only need an associate’s degree in dental hygiene to start. That’s a pretty good ROI!
6. Information Security Analyst
With all the recent data breeches, it makes complete sense that information security would be a hot field. If you love coding and you also love problem solving, this might be a great career for you. Job growth for an information security analyst was 31% over the last decade, and this field is expected to grow 30.9% over the next ten years.
To fit the bill for this job, you’ll need a a bachelor’s degree in computer science or programming. Additionally, if you want a management role, you’ll need as many as five years’ experience.
7. Computer Systems Analyst
This job is also in the I.T. field and requires a bachelor’s degree. In this role, you’d be ensuring that organizations’ technological needs are met and that your company is staying up to par on the latest technological advancements. Careers in this field grew 24.2% over the last ten years, and are expected to grow 22.5% over the next. You could make an annual salary of about $82,694.
8. App Developer
If you love coding and you have a high level of attention to detail, this might be a field for you! Job growth for app developers increased 28.2% over the last ten years, and is expected to grow 22.7% over the next ten. You can make about $96,461 in this job. As far as education? A bachelor’s in computer science should do the trick.
9. Market Research Analyst
This job is for people who love numbers and looking at facts and figures. Market research analysts use technology to look at data and help companies make informed about their business. Over the last 10 years, job growth in this field has been around 28%, while future job growth is expected to be 28.2%. For this profession, you’d need a bachelor’s degree, but getting a master’s in statistic or math could give you an edge above the rest. Expect to earn about $62,226 in this job.
10. Operations Research Analyst
Similar to a market research analyst in that you would be crunching numbers and analyzing data, operations research analysts take information about companies and help them run smoother and more efficiently to increase profits and decrease costs. In this role, you could expect to make $78,070, and job growth is expected to be 23.2% over the next ten years.
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